SIDNEY — Donald E. Miller, 78, Sidney, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 7:40 a.m. at Dorothy Love Retirement Community following an extended illness.
He was born on April 8, 1936, in Elida, the son of the late Homer and Cecile (Rigdon) Miller.
On Nov. 29, 1958, he married Meredith Yoakam, who survives along with daughter, Lisa S. Miller, of Columbus; son Todd (Lisa) Miller, of Sidney; grandson, Evan Cole Miller; one sister, Montzell Huber, of Wapakoneta; and two brothers, Homer (Dorothy) Miller, of Bluffton, and Norman Miller of Elida.
Three sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
Donald graduated from Elida High School and attended Ohio Northern University to study mechanical engineering. For many years, he worked on the family farm to help support his family. His professional career was spent in the areas of engineering and manufacturing including eight years with Stolle Corporation. In his long career, he was involved in the design and development of numerous packaging and building materials, product innovations that have continuing impact.
Donald was a member of The Gideons International and Sidney First United Methodist Church. In 1980, he founded Classic Products Inc. in Piqua, which was later renamed Isaiah Industries Inc. He served there for 32 years, seeing the company through to being a widely respected leading manufacturer of residential metal roofing.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 1, at 10 a.m. at the Sidney First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. David Chivington officiating. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney, following the funeral service.
Lunch will be served following the graveside service at Classic Metal Roofing Systems, 9234 Country Club Road, Piqua.
The family will receive friends on Monday, June 30, from 5-8 p.m. at the Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dorothy Love Retirement Community or Christian Academy Schools, both of Sidney.
Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made to the Miller family at the funeral home's website, www.cromesfh.com.